EFD Rights Watch: “Turkey’s miscarriage of justice”, İsmail Beşikçi receives Dink Award, TIHV report: Torture and Ill-Treatment on the Rise

Turkey’s miscarriage of justice

Washington Post

Turkey’s courts have been working overtime to throw government opponents of all political stripes behind bars. Since 2007, the government has run a series of trials against an alleged ultra-nationalist terrorist organization called Ergenekon, charging

Turkey convicts more than 300 soldiers in coup trial (VIDEO)

from Yahoo news
Turkey convicted more than 300 soldiers and military commanders of plotting to overthrow the government.


Turkish Court Convicts 330 From Military in Coup Case

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU

The officers, including three former top generals sentenced to 20 years each, had been accused of planning to overthrow the government nearly a decade ago.

LEAD: Turkish military officers sentenced for plotting coup Eds: Adds details | EUROPE ONLINE


Turkish court finds 330 military staff guilty of attempted coup

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk
Sentences to range between 15-20 years for officers as civilian government flexes muscles against once-supreme army
A Turkish court has convicted 330 former and current military officers of plotting a coup to overthrow prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.
The court earlier sentenced three former generals to life in prison, which was reduced to 20 years each because the coup plot was unsuccessful, and two serving and one former general to 18 years.
Sentencing is still to come for the remaining 324 defendants convicted of a role in the plot.


The image of the TSK is increasingly deteriorating

from Hurriyet Daily News
Think for a minute about the former image and prestige of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK


Hundreds Convicted in Turkish Military Coup Trial – WSJ.com

Bewildering Odatv trial continues in Istanbul

CPJ Press Freedom Online (blog)

In Istanbul, the trial of several suspects in the case of Odatv, an ultranationalist website harshly critical of the government, continues to great consternation. When the case began in early 2011, a dozen journalists were charged, 10 of whom were

İsmail Beşikçi receives Dink Award

from Hurriyet Daily News
Prominent scholar and sociologist Dr. İsmail Beşikçi has received the fourth International Hrant Dink Award for his work on Kurds


Pro-Kurdish deputy sentenced to eight years in prison

from Hurriyet Daily News
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Sebahat Tuncel has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison for being a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party


Press Freedom Associations Call for Journalists’ Release

from Bianet :: English
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issued a statement calling for the release of imprisoned journalists in Turkey, while the Brussels-based European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) also said they were closely monitoring the press trials in Turkey.


BDP deputy facing jail puts blame on premier

from Hurriyet Daily News
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Sebahat Tuncel was found by a court to be a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) on Sept. 17, with a prison sentence of eight years and nine months and banned from leaving the country for being a member of the organization


Torture and Ill-Treatment on the Rise, TİHV Report Cautions

from Bianet :: English
The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) published its annual report for the year 2011. Law enforcement officials subjected some 724 prisoners to torture and ill-treatment during the aforementioned period, the report said. That figure represents an increase in the frequency of such human rights violations.

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